“This fall, with support from the Earth Quaker Action Team, who started their own campaign against PNC, Penn and Temple engaged their communities in discussion and activism on the issue. Their work appeared to culminate this past Monday, when the Penn Community Against Mountaintop Removal and their counterpart at Temple individually met with PNC executives in hopes of convincing them to abandon their destructive investment.” ~ Grid Magazine Philadelphia
“PNC is aware that being green is marketable to our generation, and they advertise themselves as such,” Pallavi Podapati, Penn Community Against MTR member and College junior, said. “But for them to finance a form of coal extraction that blows up mountains, displaces communities and poisons the environment is not green.” ~ The Daily Pennsylvanian, UPenn
“We’re talking about stopping investment in something that is heightening health risks,” said Murphy. “That is endangering the lives of children in schools that have to attend schools underneath toxic sludge reservoirs … and also heightened risk of asthma, increased birth defects.” ~Newsworks.com, WHYY
“PNC representative Fred Solomon said bank officials had the chance to hear varying opinions in a meeting he called productive. “
“Soon there will be 35 other schools standing with us,” Trimmer said.”
The Earth Quaker Action Team is so honored and humbled to be working alongside the incredible students active at Bryn Mawr, Swarthmore, UPenn, and Temple in our campaign to help PNC bank realize the promise of a clean energy future for Appalachia. In particular this month, the campaigns at Temple and Penn have taken off, resulting in visits from PNC leadership to the two campuses to discuss investment policy around mountaintop removal. Each pursuing the issue in their own way, Penn and Temple are making the crisis in Appalachia visible here at home, and breaking through into the press and the mainstream – and they have plans to expand.
Our student allies (all honorary Earth Quakers of course) are a powerful and energizing partner in this work, and they have been putting the bank on NOTICE – challenging their critical student recruitment and university relationships. As we move closer to the day when PNC Bank leaves the dying, corrupt coal industry behind, we are going to be walking toward that victory arm in arm with student leaders who share our passion and calling.
Click the links below for news coverage of the meetings: